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The name Campbell was first used by a Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands. It was a name for a person with a crooked mouth, or crooked smile. This nickname surname is derived from the Gaelic words cam and beul, meaning crooked and mouth. Nicknames could be derived from various sources. In general, they came from the physical characteristics, behavior, mannerisms and other attributes of the bearer.
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Campbell has appeared as Campbell, Cambell, Cambel, Camble, Cammell and many more.
First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute. Researchers suggest a joint progenitor of both the Campbells and the MacArthurs. The MacArthurs were the ancient senior sept of the Campbells. Arthur derives from the son of King Aedan MacGabhran, the 9th century Scots King of Argyll. The Clan Campbell was known as the Siol Diarmaid an Tuirc or, alternatively, the Clan Duibhne, and in a Crown charter Duncan MacDuibhne was ancestor of the Lords of Lochow in 1368.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Campbell research. Another 785 words (56 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1411, 1517, 1437, 1701, 1878, 1437, 1607, 1661, 1629, 1685, 1630, 1696, 1701, 1636, 1717, 1757 and are included under the topic Early Campbell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 203 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Campbell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Campbell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:
Campbell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Campbell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Campbell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Campbell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Campbell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Campbell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Campbell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Campbell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Campbell Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ne obliviscaris
Motto Translation: Forget not.
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Campbell
Affeigh, Balandan, Balandand, Balandane, Balandant, Balanden, Balandend, Balandent, Balandind, Balandint, Balandyn, Balandynd, Balantine, Balanting, Balantink, Balantyne, Balendan, Balendand, Balendane, Balendant, Balenden, Balendend, Balendent, Balendind, Balendine, Balending, Balendink, Balendint, Balendyn, Balendynd, Balendyne, Balentine, Balenting, Balentink, Balentyne, Balintolm, Balintom, Balintomb, Balintombe, Balintome, Balintone, Balintoom, Balintoomb, Balintoombe, Balintown, Balintum, Balintume, Ballandan, Ballandand, Ballandane and more.
The Campbell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Campbell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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